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ABC Action News Tampa Bay
Former DCF workers speak out against broken system saying high case loads hurt childrenYet, former DCF workers who spoke to ABC Action News on the condition of anonym
Former DCF workers speak out against broken system saying high case loads hurt children
ABC Action News Tampa Bay / Posted 23 hours ago
Yet, former DCF workers who spoke to ABC Action News on the condition of anonymity said the very system meant to support and speak up for children is failing them by not giving workers a reasonable workload. “We’re supposed to have 12 cases running... Read more
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WFTV 9 Orlando
Lake County mother arrested on charges of child neglectA Lake County mother was arrested after deputies said her children missed more
Lake County mother arrested on charges of child neglect
WFTV 9 Orlando / Posted yesterday
A Lake County mother was arrested after deputies said her children missed more than a third of the school year and the family was living in a home with no electricity and little food. Meagan Marconnet is facing two counts of child neglect after her... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Woman accused of threatening deputies, child with knifeHILLIARD, Fla. - A 25-year-old woman was charged with aggravated child abuse an
Woman accused of threatening deputies, child with knife
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 2 days ago
HILLIARD, Fla. - A 25-year-old woman was charged with aggravated child abuse and assault on a officer after Nassau County deputies said she threatened them and her child with a knife. According to the Sheriff's Office, deputies were called to... Read more
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First Coast News
SNAP benefits change puts strain on families and pantriesJACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Children and Families is rollin
SNAP benefits change puts strain on families and pantries
First Coast News / Posted 2 days ago
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Florida Department of Children and Families is rolling out changes to the state's food stamp benefit program and they're putting a strain on some local families and food pantries. DCF sent out notices letting customers know... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
SNAP benefits changes affect local food bankJACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Changes are coming for millions of Americans who rely on S
SNAP benefits changes affect local food bank
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 2 days ago
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Changes are coming for millions of Americans who rely on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to feed their families. Starting in April, the date people receive their benefits will change. However, it will... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Harsh lessons learned from heartbreaking deathsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Since Lonzie Barton's blue eyes and blonde hair captured t
Harsh lessons learned from heartbreaking deaths
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 5 days ago
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Since Lonzie Barton's blue eyes and blonde hair captured the hearts of the Jacksonville community more than six months ago, several other children have met or almost met similar tragic ends around the area. According to his... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Hackney's lessons from Lonzie: Care for your kidsAfter Ruben Ebron pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the death of Lon
Hackney's lessons from Lonzie: Care for your kids
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 6 days ago
After Ruben Ebron pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in the death of Lonzie Barton, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office confirmed state investigators had been investigating the toddler's mother, Lonna Barton, before he disappeared. The Florida... Read more
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Local 10 Miami
Gun violence victims' moms want changeMIAMI - Tangela Sears grew up in Miami's Liberty City. Her peaceful activism ag
Gun violence victims' moms want change
Local 10 Miami / Posted 7 days ago
MIAMI - Tangela Sears grew up in Miami's Liberty City. Her peaceful activism against gun violence did not keep her only son, David Queen, from dying after a shooting last year in Tallahassee. But she is not giving up. She is pushing for... Read more
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WFTV 9 Orlando
Early Learning Coalition to grade day cares on quality of careOrange County officials have started grading day cares after they said video su
Early Learning Coalition to grade day cares on quality of care
WFTV 9 Orlando / Posted 7 days ago
Orange County officials have started grading day cares after they said video surfaced of a day care worker abusing a child. Kimberly Reid is facing child abuse charges in connection with the video, which authorities say showed her hitting and... Read more
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The Star
Sheriff Mike Harrison seeks reelectionPage 2 of 2 - Sheriff Harrison is committed to keeping the public informed. Wee
Sheriff Mike Harrison seeks reelection
The Star / Posted 7 days ago
Page 2 of 2 - Sheriff Harrison is committed to keeping the public informed. Weekly law enforcement summaries and frequent press releases are provided to the citizens through the Sheriff's webpage, social media accounts and local media outlets. The... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
State attorney: No charges against suspect in fire that killed 5-old, seriously injured anotherThe man who police accused of setting a fire that killed one boy and seriously
State attorney: No charges against suspect in fire that killed 5-old, seriously injured another
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 8 days ago
The man who police accused of setting a fire that killed one boy and seriously injured another at a trailer park in west Orange County in June will not be charged, according to the State Attorney's Office. Prosecutors said there was not enough... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Man arrested after girlfriend's 3-old hospitalizedJACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Daniel Smith, 30, was charged with aggravated child abuse
Man arrested after girlfriend's 3-old hospitalized
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 8 days ago
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Daniel Smith, 30, was charged with aggravated child abuse after a 3-year-old boy was taken to UF Health Jacksonville with life-threatening injuries Tuesday evening. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, the boy was... Read more
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Local 10 Miami
Florida day care director accused of hitting child with stuffed animalsCLERMONT, Fla. - A Lake County day care center director was arrested on allegat
Florida day care director accused of hitting child with stuffed animals
Local 10 Miami / Posted 9 days ago
CLERMONT, Fla. - A Lake County day care center director was arrested on allegations of hitting a 4-year-old with stuffed animals and dropping him face-first on a mat. Kimberly Reid was arrested on charges of child abuse after the incident at... Read more
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Crestview News Bulletin
Crestview kidnapping suspect enters plea, faces sentencing Posted Feb. 2, 2016 at 9:52 AM SHALIMAR — William Eddins, State Attorney for
Crestview kidnapping suspect enters plea, faces sentencing
Crestview News Bulletin / Posted 9 days ago
Posted Feb. 2, 2016 at 9:52 AM SHALIMAR — William Eddins, State Attorney for the First Judicial Circuit, announced today that Virginia Lynch has entered a plea of no contest to the charges... Read more
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WESH 2 Orlando
Many could lose Supplemental Nutrition Access Program benefitsThousands of people struggling to put food on their tables are facing an even b
Many could lose Supplemental Nutrition Access Program benefits
WESH 2 Orlando / Posted 9 days ago
Thousands of people struggling to put food on their tables are facing an even bigger crisis. Some will lose access to the benefits of the food stamp program. Florida is among the states that require people to work, or forfeit their welfare... Read more
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The Middletown Press
UConn commit Zach Brown starting new chapter in remarkable lifePUTNAM >> So what’s one of the first things lifelong Miami resident Zach Brown
UConn commit Zach Brown starting new chapter in remarkable life
The Middletown Press / Posted 9 days ago
PUTNAM >> So what’s one of the first things lifelong Miami resident Zach Brown did when he first arrived in snowy New England to start a new chapter in his life? Get in a snowball fight, of course. Making a stop at McDonald’s during their drive... Read more
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WFTV 9 Orlando
Clermont day care director caught on camera abusing child,...The director of Children’s Palace Learning Center in Clermont was arrested afte
Clermont day care director caught on camera abusing child,...
WFTV 9 Orlando / Posted 10 days ago
The director of Children’s Palace Learning Center in Clermont was arrested after police say they received cell phone video of her abusing a child at the daycare. Kimberly Marie Reid was arrested Friday at the facility on East Highway 50 on charges... Read more
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Local 6 Orlando
Lake Co. day care director accused of hitting child with stuffed animalsCLERMONT, Fla. - A Lake County day care center director was arrested on allegat
Lake Co. day care director accused of hitting child with stuffed animals
Local 6 Orlando / Posted 10 days ago
CLERMONT, Fla. - A Lake County day care center director was arrested on allegations of hitting a 4-year-old with stuffed animals and dropping him face-first on a mat. Kimberly Reid was arrested on charges of child abuse after the incident at... Read more
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The Register Citizen
UConn commit Zach Brown starting new chapter in remarkable lifePUTNAM >> So what’s one of the first things lifelong Miami resident Zach Brown
UConn commit Zach Brown starting new chapter in remarkable life
The Register Citizen / Posted 10 days ago
PUTNAM >> So what’s one of the first things lifelong Miami resident Zach Brown did when he first arrived in snowy New England to start a new chapter in his life? Get in a snowball fight, of course. Making a stop at McDonald’s during their drive... Read more
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The Middletown Press
UConn committ Zach Brown starting new chapter in remarkable lifePUTNAM >> So what’s one of the first things lifelong Miami resident Zach Brown
UConn committ Zach Brown starting new chapter in remarkable life
The Middletown Press / Posted 10 days ago
PUTNAM >> So what’s one of the first things lifelong Miami resident Zach Brown did when he first arrived in snowy New England to start a new chapter in his life? Get in a snowball fight, of course. Making a stop at McDonald’s during their drive... Read more
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The Register Citizen
UConn committ Zach Brown starting new chapter in remarkable lifePUTNAM >> So what’s one of the first things lifelong Miami resident Zach Brown
UConn committ Zach Brown starting new chapter in remarkable life
The Register Citizen / Posted 11 days ago
PUTNAM >> So what’s one of the first things lifelong Miami resident Zach Brown did when he first arrived in snowy New England to start a new chapter in his life? Get in a snowball fight, of course. Making a stop at McDonald’s during their drive... Read more
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WCTV Tallahassee
Amber Alert Search Ends in Madison County; Woman ArrestedBy: WCTV Eyewitness NewsJanuary 28, 2016 MADISON COUNTY, Fla. -- An Amber Aler
Amber Alert Search Ends in Madison County; Woman Arrested
WCTV Tallahassee / Posted 13 days ago
By: WCTV Eyewitness NewsJanuary 28, 2016 MADISON COUNTY, Fla. -- An Amber Alert has been canceled after two children taken from St. Petersburg were found safe in Madison County. Thursday at 1:30 p.m., the Madison Sheriff’s Office Communications... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
We must end human trafficking in FloridaA girl forced against her will, a woman unpaid with unusually long hours or a y
We must end human trafficking in Florida
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 14 days ago
A girl forced against her will, a woman unpaid with unusually long hours or a young man recruited for a job under false premises. It is difficult to understand or comprehend the evil of human trafficking, but its existence is real and occurs right... Read more
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First Coast News
JSO identifies Westside double-murder victimsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police have identified a man and woman found shot to deat
JSO identifies Westside double-murder victims
First Coast News / Posted 14 days ago
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police have identified a man and woman found shot to death in a car on the city's Westside Wednesday as the parents of a 6-month-old child found alive in the back seat. An investigation continues into the shooting deaths of... Read more
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First Coast News
JSO identifies 6-month-old found unhurt at double-murder sceneJACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police have identified a 6-month-old baby girl found unsc
JSO identifies 6-month-old found unhurt at double-murder scene
First Coast News / Posted 14 days ago
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Police have identified a 6-month-old baby girl found unscathed in the backseat of a car where a man and woman were found shot to death on the Westside Wednesday afternoon, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's... Read more
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First Coast News
JSO: Infant found unhurt at double-murder sceneJACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man and woman were found shot to death and a 6-month-ol
JSO: Infant found unhurt at double-murder scene
First Coast News / Posted 14 days ago
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man and woman were found shot to death and a 6-month-old girl was discovered unhurt inside a car that crashed into a Westside home Wednesday afternoon, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Police are working to... Read more
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The Florida Times-Union
Infant found alive at double-murder scene Wednesday in JacksonvilleA man and woman were found shot to death and a 6-month-old girl was discovered
Infant found alive at double-murder scene Wednesday in Jacksonville
The Florida Times-Union / Posted 15 days ago
A man and woman were found shot to death and a 6-month-old girl was discovered unhurt in the backseat in a car that crashed into a Westside home Wednesday afternoon, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Police are working to identify the... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Efforts to stop revolving door of mental illness, crimeJACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A mental health counselor is joining a crime victim and de
Efforts to stop revolving door of mental illness, crime
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 15 days ago
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A mental health counselor is joining a crime victim and defense lawyer in asking for changes to the legal system that releases people found mentally incompetent for trial back on the streets of Jacksonville. Deandre Snelling,... Read more
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Naples Daily News
Mother reunites with children after their return from Mexico in two-year custody fightA long two-year separation from her children ended Tuesday for Bernabela Gonzal
Mother reunites with children after their return from Mexico in two-year custody fight
Naples Daily News / Posted 16 days ago
A long two-year separation from her children ended Tuesday for Bernabela Gonzalez as 4-year-old Ashley and 10-year-old Eddie arrived, sleepy and silent, at the family's home in Immokalee. Gonzalez kept the children close by as they greeted family... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Victim lobbies for change after attackJACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A woman is asking for change in the legal system after the
Victim lobbies for change after attack
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 16 days ago
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A woman is asking for change in the legal system after the man she says attacked her last year was ruled incompetent for trial, held for psychiatric evaluation and released. A few months later, when the same man was arrested for... Read more
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Sun-Sentinel
Sex offender accused of having relations with second teen, Davie police sayA registered sex offender from Davie is accused of having sex with a second tee
Sex offender accused of having relations with second teen, Davie police say
Sun-Sentinel / Posted 16 days ago
A registered sex offender from Davie is accused of having sex with a second teenage girl in the month after his release from a state facility, Davie police said. Michael Edward Leverett, 55, is being held under guard at Memorial Regional Hospital in... Read more
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WCTV Tallahassee
Mother of Abused Sabal Palm Student Speaks OutSymone DavisJanuary 25, 2016 4-year-old Kimberly White is now home playing wit
Mother of Abused Sabal Palm Student Speaks Out
WCTV Tallahassee / Posted 16 days ago
Symone DavisJanuary 25, 2016 4-year-old Kimberly White is now home playing with her two little sisters. Her mother, Ashley Yanez, says after what happened last week, she won't be returning to Sabal Palm Elementary School. Yanez said last Wednesday... Read more
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WKYC Cleveland
'Gruesome' slaying of 3 shocks loved onesFORT MYERS, Fla. — The 911 call came in around 4:40 Sunday morning. The caller
'Gruesome' slaying of 3 shocks loved ones
WKYC Cleveland / Posted 16 days ago
FORT MYERS, Fla. — The 911 call came in around 4:40 Sunday morning. The caller wanted to report three dead bodies. "They are in there," Patrick Carlopoli told Lee County deputies when they arrived at the apartment at 15224 Iona Lakes Drive a bit... Read more
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WCTV Tallahassee
Mother of Abused Sabal Palm Student Speaks OutJanuary 25, 2016 4-year old Kimberly White is now home playing with her 2 litt
Mother of Abused Sabal Palm Student Speaks Out
WCTV Tallahassee / Posted 16 days ago
January 25, 2016 4-year old Kimberly White is now home playing with her 2 little sisters. Her mother, Ashley Yanez says after what happened last week, she won't be returning to Sabal Palms Elementary School. Yanez said last Wednesday, she received... Read more
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The Palm Beach Post
Man, woman beat and burn 5-old near West PalmA suburban West Palm Beach man and woman are accused of holding a 5-year-old bo
Man, woman beat and burn 5-old near West Palm
The Palm Beach Post / Posted 19 days ago
A suburban West Palm Beach man and woman are accused of holding a 5-year-old boy to a fire, placing his hand on a stove and whipping him with an extension cord as punishment, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Friday. The 5-year-old boy had... Read more
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Key West Citizen
DCF investigating child's deathThe Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating the death of a
DCF investigating child's death
Key West Citizen / Posted 20 days ago
The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating the death of an infant found in a freezer in Homestead Sunday in a separate inquiry from the law enforcement investigation, officials said Thursday. The mother, 37, was taken to a... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Scott balks at taking more Syrian refugeesGov. Rick Scott's administration is balking at a request from the federal gover
Scott balks at taking more Syrian refugees
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 21 days ago
Gov. Rick Scott's administration is balking at a request from the federal government to resettle hundreds of Syrian refugees in Florida. In an email Tuesday, Patti Grogan, director of refugee services at the Florida Department of Children and... Read more
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Orlando Sentinel
Orlando area woman wages human-trafficking battleLake Mary photojournalist Diana Scimone was walking through the red-light distr
Orlando area woman wages human-trafficking battle
Orlando Sentinel / Posted 21 days ago
Lake Mary photojournalist Diana Scimone was walking through the red-light district of Mumbai, India, when her guide stopped and pointed to the upstairs window of a run-down apartment building. It was night, and Scimone could just make out a set of... Read more
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WFTV 9 Orlando
Department had to make sunshine request for accused...Apopka detectives had to make a public records request in order to help secure
Department had to make sunshine request for accused...
WFTV 9 Orlando / Posted 21 days ago
Apopka detectives had to make a public records request in order to help secure the arrest of a former teacher accused of molesting one of his students. Donald Sharp, 66, was accused by a high school student of sexually assaulting her several times... Read more
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Local 6 Orlando
Baby boy found dead in freezerHOMESTEAD, Fla. - Police are investigating after the body of a 5-month-old boy
Baby boy found dead in freezer
Local 6 Orlando / Posted 21 days ago
HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Police are investigating after the body of a 5-month-old boy was found in a freezer Sunday evening. According to authorities, the mother of the baby was threatening to kill herself by jumping off the Seven Mile Bridge. "Yes, hi,... Read more
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WJXT Jacksonville
Local daycare under investigationJACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A local day care is under investigation after a father cla
Local daycare under investigation
WJXT Jacksonville / Posted 22 days ago
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A local day care is under investigation after a father claimed a teacher pushed his 4-year-old son into a wall causing the boy to hit his head. News4Jax discovered this is the third investigation into major violations in the... Read more
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WESH 2 Orlando
Second person charged after child found wandering aloneA second person has now been arrested for allegedly neglecting a child at a hom
Second person charged after child found wandering alone
WESH 2 Orlando / Posted 28 days ago
A second person has now been arrested for allegedly neglecting a child at a home near DeLand. Sheriff's deputies had been searching for Josephine Broome, 26, since Monday, when a 3-year-old boy who was supposed to be in her care was found wandering... Read more
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Herald Sun
Bridge horror another case of ‘family terror’Phoebe Jonchuck was killed by her father John. Picture: Supplied ALMOST exactl
Bridge horror another case of ‘family terror’
Herald Sun / Posted 29 days ago
Phoebe Jonchuck was killed by her father John. Picture: Supplied ALMOST exactly a year ago, Phoebe Jonchuck’s father stopped his car on a bridge, lifted her out and dropped the five-year-old 19 metres into the water. Police Sergeant William Vickers... Read more
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Perth Now
Dad’s awful act as cop watchedPhoebe Jonchuck was killed by her father John. Picture: Supplied ALMOST exactl
Dad’s awful act as cop watched
Perth Now / Posted 29 days ago
Phoebe Jonchuck was killed by her father John. Picture: Supplied ALMOST exactly a year ago, Phoebe Jonchuck’s father stopped his car on a bridge, lifted her out and dropped the five-year-old 19 metres into the water. Police Sergeant William Vickers... Read more
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WAND TV 17 Decatur
Illinois Senate confirms Sheldon as Children and Family Services DirectorSPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate has unanimously confirmed George H. Sheldon t
Illinois Senate confirms Sheldon as Children and Family Services Director
WAND TV 17 Decatur / Posted 29 days ago
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate has unanimously confirmed George H. Sheldon to serve as the Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Sheldon is the first DCFS Director to receive Senate confirmation since 2012.... Read more
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Daily Telegraph
Dad’s awful act as cop watchedPhoebe Jonchuck: Murder by father could stop next Port Lincoln | DailyTelegraph
Dad’s awful act as cop watched
Daily Telegraph / Posted 29 days ago
Phoebe Jonchuck: Murder by father could stop next Port Lincoln | DailyTelegraph SearchUse keywords to search content on this website SearchUse keywords to search content on this website Phoebe Jonchuck was killed by her father John. Picture:... Read more
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Herald Sun
What happened after Phoebe was tossed from bridgePhoebe Jonchuck was killed by her father John. Picture: Supplied A YEAR ago, P
What happened after Phoebe was tossed from bridge
Herald Sun / Posted 29 days ago
Phoebe Jonchuck was killed by her father John. Picture: Supplied A YEAR ago, Phoebe Jonchuck’s father stopped his car on a bridge, lifted her out and dropped the five-year-old 19 metres into the water. Police Sergeant William Vickers was driving to... Read more
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Perth Now
What happened after Phoebe was tossed from bridgePhoebe Jonchuck was killed by her father John. Picture: Supplied A YEAR ago, P
What happened after Phoebe was tossed from bridge
Perth Now / Posted 29 days ago
Phoebe Jonchuck was killed by her father John. Picture: Supplied A YEAR ago, Phoebe Jonchuck’s father stopped his car on a bridge, lifted her out and dropped the five-year-old 19 metres into the water. Police Sergeant William Vickers was driving to... Read more
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News.com.au
Dad’s killing of cherubic Phoebe could help us stop parents killing kidsPhoebe Jonchuck was killed by her father John. Picture: Supplied A YEAR ago, P
Dad’s killing of cherubic Phoebe could help us stop parents killing kids
News.com.au / Posted 29 days ago
Phoebe Jonchuck was killed by her father John. Picture: Supplied A YEAR ago, Phoebe Jonchuck’s father stopped his car on a bridge, lifted her out and dropped the five-year-old 19 metres into the water. Police Sergeant William Vickers was driving to... Read more
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The Courier Mail
What happened after Phoebe was tossed from bridgePhoebe Jonchuck was killed by her father John. Picture: Supplied A YEAR ago, P
What happened after Phoebe was tossed from bridge
The Courier Mail / Posted 29 days ago
Phoebe Jonchuck was killed by her father John. Picture: Supplied A YEAR ago, Phoebe Jonchuck’s father stopped his car on a bridge, lifted her out and dropped the five-year-old 19 metres into the water. Police Sergeant William Vickers was driving to... Read more
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